Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Native

Perennial, dioecious, rarely monoecious herbs. Rhizomes short- to long-creeping. Stems green, thin and wiry, branched and often slightly flexuose. Leaves reduced to persistent sheathing bracts. Male and female inflorescences ± similar. Male spikelets 2 or more together, rarely solitary; each spikelet 1–many-flowered and subtended by 2 glume-like floral bracts. Male flowers with 6, pale, membranous (glume-like) perianth parts. Female spikelets in distal axils of leaves, sessile, solitary, 1-flowered and subtended by 1–3 glumelike floral bracts. Female flowers with 4 or 6 pale, membranous perianth parts; staminodes absent; ovary unilocular; style with 2 or 3 branches. Fruit a small ovoid or obovoid nut.

2 species occurring in Australia and New Zealand, 1 in Victoria.

Source: Conn, B.J. (1994). Restionaceae. In: Walsh, N.G.; Entwisle, T.J. (eds), Flora of Victoria Vol. 2, Ferns and Allied Plants, Conifers and Monocotyledons. Inkata Press, Melbourne.
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-11-21
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life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Lilianae
order Poales
family Restionaceae
Higher taxa
genus Empodisma
Subordinate taxa